Category Archives: Young Perak

Stars of the Night

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 Stars of the Night - Kinderjoy

Over a hundred 6-year-old kids were the stars of the night at the KinderJoy Graduation Concert, receiving their graduation certificates on stage. Parents were given the honour to present the certificates to the graduating classes.

Themed “It’s a Beautiful Day”, the children also put up an interesting array of dances to entertain their parents, grandparents, siblings, friends and well-wishers. Dressed in glittering costumes, the children danced to popular tracks like Tennessee Waltz, Mamma Mia and even Gangnam Style, to rousing applause from the audience.

For the first time, KinderJoy presented High Achiever Awards to their former students. The 16 young alumni who are now in Primary One to Three, have achieved excellence in both academics and extracurricular activities.

The concert, held at Dewan Leong Wan Chin on the evening of Saturday, October 19, was attended by Pn Jamila Sharuddin, a senior officer from the Perak Education Department.

Emily

Ave Maria’s ‘Sparkling’ Graduation

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Ave Maria’s ‘Sparkling’ Graduation

On October 4, Form 5 students of Ave Maria Convent held a graduation night themed “Go Forth and Sparkle” at Impiana Hotel. The programme started off at 7pm with speeches from a student representative and Dato’ Liew Yin Yin.

Students from every class took their turn to either act or dance on stage. There were many kinds of dances throughout the night. There were Latin dance, rhythmic gymnastics, k-pop dances and even dances from the ‘60s. Students who danced to One Direction songs and the latest craze “Mother Father Gentlemen” by PSY got the most applauses and cheers.

Before the night ended, the students sang their theme song which they composed, filling the ballroom with voices of the Form 5 students. Teachers and students went home with wide smiles on their faces, sparkles in their eyes and pictures for memories while some went home with lucky draw prizes.

Susan Ho

Nirmal Tops the List

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Nirmal Kumar Mahindran, 22, of Chemor had every reason to be proud and happy, as the occasion was his to cherish. The lad from Chemor was adjudged the best graduate at TAJ International College’s 4th Convocation. The graduation ceremony, held at the banquet hall of Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh recently, was graced by the college’s Chief Executive Officer, Puan Tina Dato’ Hj Tajuddin and Executive Director, Mohd Azzad Jasmi. Tina gave away scrolls to 170 graduates from five diploma-level and one certificate-level disciplines.

Nirmal tops the List

Nirmal, a Diploma in Business Management student, gained a CGPA score of 3.85 points for his exams. “It’s been a challenging time for me at TAJ College. The knowledge I’ve gained will be beneficial for my further studies,” said Nirmal to Ipoh Echo.

The young man plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at a private university in Kelana Jaya soon. Nirmal won the college’s valedictorian award in recognition for his achievement.

Ahmad Adid Jeman, 22, of Sibu, Sarawak was the top Faculty of Science, Innovation and Technology student. Ahmad gained a CGPA score of 3.70 points. “The result will brighten my prospect of a meaningful career in the motor industry,” said Ahmad who is currently on practical training at UMW Toyota, Sibu.

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Toastmasters Can Help

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Toastmasters Can Help

The YMCA of Ipoh Toastmasters recently organised a public speaking awareness campaign at SMK Anderson Ipoh for their lower-six students. The Toastmasters Can Help – Awareness Campaign was aimed at cultivating the interest of public speaking which would be a useful skill for them in the future.

The programme kick started with an opening speech by the President of the YMCA of Ipoh Toastmasters, Pak Peter, explaining the purpose and objectives of the campaign. Various speeches were given notably youth member, Angaindrankumar Gnanasagaran who has been in the club for a year with his speech on “How TM has help me become who I am today”. This was followed by Nor Aida Ahmad with her presentation on verbal crutches such as “Ah, Um and You know”.

Overall, the campaign received rousing support from an estimated 80 students who attended the talk. This programme marked the effort of the YMCA of Ipoh Toastmasters club to influence young minds to embrace public speaking and understand its importance to one’s future.

Poi Lam Military Band Delivers Rousing Performance

Poi Lam Military Band Delivers Rousing Performance

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The Poi Lam Military Band Concert 2013, entitled ‘Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’, was held recently at Wisma Chin Woo, Ipoh.

The concert featured the talents of the SMJK Poi Lam Military Band complete with flute, piccolo, clarinet, saxophone, mellophone, euphonium, tuba, trumpet, trombone and percussions.

Poi Lam Military Band Delivers Rousing Performance

Conductor Lau Meng Yong directed the band alongside guest conductor Lester Lim Chong Choon, the band instructor for the Anderson Military Band, Singapore.

The concert was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Challenge Allied Sdn Bhd, LYS Capital Holdings Sdn Bhd, Dragon-i Restaurant Sdn Bhd and Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd, as well as various other sponsors and individuals who contributed to the event.

For this year’s concert, the forty-two current members and alumni of the band who performed for the night spent a year practising their songs, while the organising committee led by the School Military Band advisor Anne Leong Chu Ai spent six intense months on the concert preparations. Thus it was with great anticipation and pride that the Poi Lam Military Band and the Poi Lam Alumni Band presented ‘Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’ to the eagerly awaiting audience.

Poi Lam Military Band Delivers Rousing Performance

And what a show it was! After the inspiring speech by the guest of honour, Mr Tan Teik Keat, chairman of the Parent Teacher Association of SMJK Poi Lam and a ribbon cutting ceremony by the individuals and sponsors who had made this night possible, the concert was off to a roaring start.

The fully-packed hall was filled with the rousing sounds of classical and contemporary tunes, beginning with the official theme song of the Poi Lam Military Band, Team of Passion from the popular Korean drama Beethoven Virus.

As the last strains were quickly swallowed by the thunderous applause of the audience, the Poi Lam Military Band Concert 2013, ‘Reaching Out, Touching Hearts’, drew to a satisfying close. The concert had achieved its main objective of raising funds to purchase new equipment as well as presenting the audience with a night they wouldn’t soon forget!

Scott Thong

Ipoh’s Junior Ambassadors

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Ipoh City Council held a farewell party for a delegation of eight to Fukuoka, Japan, Ipoh’s sister city recently. Under this Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC) Invitation Project, four pupils aged 11 and 12 from schools in Ipoh were selected to be junior ambassadors. They were joined by two peace ambassadors from the Bridge Club of Ipoh and two liaison officers from the city council.

Ipoh's Junior Ambassadors

The delegation will be in Fukuoka for ten days beginning July 12 to 22. Prior to their departure, the four, Sundesh Supparamaniam from SK Cator Avenue, Chew Khai Xing of SJK(C) Sam Tet, Siti Nur Syazwani Adam of SK Tarsician Convent and Pridhashrie a/p Nanda Kumar from SJK(C) Ave Maria Convent, attended Japanese language classes and cultural dance practices three times weekly for six weeks.

They were briefed on their roles as Ipoh junior ambassadors. Upon their return they are encouraged to be active in the city’s Bridge Club. Membership to the club is limited to participants of APCC missions from Ipoh.

The objective of APCC is to create “global citizens” true to its motto, “We are the BRIDGE: We connect dreams around the world.”

Emily

SCI Charity Car Wash

SCI Charity Car Wash

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SCI Charity Car Wash

Sunway College Ipoh (SCI) recently held a charity car wash organised by the Student Council.  This charity event was held with the aim of raising funds for the Ipoh Boys Home, a charity organisation. The car wash drive started at 10.30am and lasted until 5pm with students from Sunway College Ipoh taking turns to wash the cars driven in with the tickets sold prior to the event. The students washed a total of 55 cars throughout the day and managed to collect RM650. The Student Council president and organising chairman, Basant, said that it was one of the most successful events organised by the students. “Support from students, staff, parents of students and even outsiders around the area were overwhelming”, he added. Basant also mentioned that this event had helped the students build a stronger bonding amongst themselves.

SCI Charity Car Wash

Providing a complete service of washing the car and vacuuming the interior, the students definitely impressed their customers who had purchased the tickets for RM10 per car.  Mr Choo Ng Wing, one of the participants in the event was very happy with the excellent job done by the students in cleaning his car. Besides that, he also mentioned that he saw a great unity among the students from different races and courses joining hands for a noble cause.

Jeval Khoo, currently working at a nearby restaurant, said it was a very well organised event and the students did a good job. “The students even helped to deliver the car back to my working place once the job was done,” he added.

Friendship Through Pictures

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The tenth annual art competition-cum-exchange between students from Perak and Japan attracted almost 850 participants, a record of sorts. The theme for this year’s programme, which was held at the Perak State Public Library in Ipoh recently, was “Friendly Relationship Through Pictures”.

Friendship Through Pictures

Jointly organised by the library and Japan’s NPO Corporation MAY Asaka Centre (MAY Library), it received the support of the Perak Malaysian-Japanese Friendship Society and the Consulate-General of Japan in Penang.

In this art exchange programme, selected artworks by secondary school students from Perak were sent to Japan and vice versa to be exhibited. The objective is to expose the students to the culture of each other’s country. Its other intention is to strengthen ties between Malaysia and Japan through art.

The support from the Perak District Education Office ensured that school children produced quality pieces for this art competition-cum-exchange programme.

Other activities held throughout the month of June included an art competition among students in Kinta Valley, an art exhibition, an origami workshop, Japanese language classes and preschool colouring contest.

There were six categories in the art competition, including categories for special children and senior citizens. Ten winners per category were awarded. Prizes were in the form of books, hampers and certificates of achievement.

Newly-appointed State Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Culture, Nolee Ashilin bt Dato’ Mohd Radzi, gave away the prizes after officially closing the programme. Guests present included the Deputy Consul-General of Japan, Hiroko Taniguchi and MAY Library President, Mrs Fumiko Oike.

The art exhibition is being held at this library from June 25 to July 27, 2013.

Emily

Uniting the World through Music and Dance

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The annual Tenby Infant School Production 2013 saw more than 300 pupils performing on stage at Dewan Leong Wan Chin, Ipoh recently. It was a platform for the kids to showcase their artistic talent, as the kindergarten does not only focus on academics.

Uniting The World Through Music and Dance

Aged between two to seven, from Foundation Stage, Year One and Two international stream and Year 1 Kurikulum Standard Sekolah Rendah (KSSR), they merrily danced their way through the hour-long programme, presenting 15 different dances from around the world.

The children, who performed traditional and folk dances from various countries including Taiwan, Ireland, Sudan, France, Japan, India, Finland and Malaysia, only had three weeks to prepare their dance steps.

Aptly titled, “A United World with Tenby through Music and Dance”, represented by children of 20 nationalities, it was an idea from Mrs Puvanes Mahendran, Head of Tenby Kindergarten.

The preschool programme offered by Tenby Kindergarten focuses on learning through play, which allows children to have fun while creatively developing their cognitive and social skills.

The school’s new campus in Bandar Meru Raya will begin accepting students for the new term this September.

Emily

A Resurgent Malaysia Festival of the Mind

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Can you solve this addition ‘27+86+78+99+72+10’ in less than five seconds without using a calculator? While most people gave up without trying, one man stood by undaunted. This was West Wong, touted as the ‘Malaysia Human Calculator’ who did it the sum in a flash at the 9th Malaysia Festival of the Mind held at Dewan Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik in UTAR Perak Campus recently.

West Wong, who is a UTAR alumnus, was invited as guest speaker for a crowd enlightening session which followed the launching ceremony of the 9th Malaysia Festival of the Mind. In what appeared to be a spectacular showpiece from the Math prodigy, West demonstrated his startling arithmetic and calculation abilities, and maintained his cool despite being bombarded with an outpouring of uncharacteristic complex equations from the animated crowd. His ability to produce razor-sharp answers in a hairsbreadth of time has garnered the crowd pleaser widespread adulation.

A Resurgent Malaysia Festival of the Mind

“I discovered my knack for numbers at the age of nine, and have not looked back since,” said Wong, co-founder and tutor of Nexus Learning Centre who is also the bronze medallist in the category of Flash Anzan at the 2012 World Mental Olympics (Memoriad) in Antalya, Turkey. West pioneered a historic feat for Malaysia, bagging the country’s first-ever medal in the final showdown of world-class Math wunderkinds. He is now bent on nurturing talents to represent Malaysia in the upcoming Memoriad in Las Vegas in 2016. His parting remark to the crowd was, “Believe in yourself and love what you do!”

Present were UTAR Council and Malaysia Mental Literacy Movement (MMLM) Chairman Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik,  UTAR Council Member Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, who was also the guest-of-honour for the two-day event, UTAR Planning and Development Committee Advisor Tan Sri Hew See Tong, UTAR President Ir Prof Academician Dato’ Dr Chuah Hean Teik and senior UTAR officials.

The annual Malaysia Festival of the Mind is a brainchild of MMLM, and is jointly organised by MMLM, UTAR and Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) University College. Through its activities, the festival aims to create greater awareness among Malaysians of all ages and all walks of life on how to develop thinking, memory and creativity skills. Admission to the festival, exhibition, talks and workshops are open to the public for free.